NOLBERTO Solano insists he has not joined Hartlepool United for the easy life, writes ROY KELLY.
The 36-year-old former Newcastle favourite says he is still deadly serious about his football and is relishing the “challenge” of taking Pools to promotion.
“I’m excited,” said Solano.
“League One is quite tough. It is quite close to the Championship which I’ve played with Leicester and Hull.
“I don’t think the level is much different between the divisions.
“I am happy to be here – this is a good challenge.
“I’m going to try my best to help Hartlepool win promotion.
“League One is like the Championship, everyone can beat everyone else – if you are consistent you can get promotion straight up like Brighton or get into the play-off. “I am not here to be with my friends in Newcastle – yes, I like the North East because I love the people and my friends and members of my family are here.
“I’m here to play football – that’s my main thing.
“This club has ambitions and I want to help them.
“My body will tell me when I need to retire. It will be when I get up in the morning and don’t want to go training!
“I am realistic, I know one day it will have to finish, but, at the moment, I’m feeling fine and I still feel I can do things.
“I will get fit for the new season and I’m looking forward to it.”
Solano admits boss Mick Wadsworth – who assisted Bobby Robson during the Peruvian’s time at Newcastle – is the “main reason” he left Hull for Pools.
“Mick is very strict, I remember that very well,” he smiled.
“He’s a tough guy, but he’s great man, a good professional and he’s got ambition.
“He wants to get to the Championship and I am here to try to help him. I like people who want me to play for them and I want to do well for him.”